Alumni Class Notes


  • The University of Pennsylvania has named Karen Glanz, MPH ’77, PhD ’79, its ninth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor. Glanz shares a joint appointment between the university’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine, and leads a new center focused on research and training in health behaviors. Glanz is the former Charles Howard Candler Professor and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
  • Christine Cole Johnson, MPH ’77, is chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Research Epidemiology at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), where she has worked since 1985. Before joining HFHS, Johnson worked at the Texas State Department of Health in Austin, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston, and M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. In addition to her departmental responsibilities, Johnson directs the HFHS Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research and the Josephine Ford Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control program.

  • As director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors and interim chief medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center of Foods and Applied Nutrition, Linda M. Katz, MPH ’78, MD, helps set FDA priorities and missions related to cosmetic safety, compliance, certification of color additives, and such research as nanotechnology, phototoxicity, and percutaneous absorption. She was the FDA spokesperson last spring when the administration recalled 14 Hydroxycut products. A widely used weight-loss supplement, Hydroxycut had been linked to several cases of serious liver injuries and at least one death.
  • As a Fulbright Scholar, Harry Perlstadt, MPH ’79, will lecture on U.S. health care policy and politics and on the history of public health and epidemiology at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, starting in late January 2010. Perlstadt is a professor of sociology at Michigan State University.
  • In recognition of her commitment to the goals and principles of the United Nations and of her service as a public health professional and educator, especially to marginalized and vulnerable populations, Gwen Shah-Ingram, PhD ’75, has received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows (WAFUNIF). Shah-Ingram has been a U.N. junior professional officer in Africa and South America, a World Bank Project observer, and a country monitor and evaluator with the U.N. Development Program. She is a founding member of WAFUNIF.


  • Valerie Powell-Stafford, MHSA ’89, is the new chief operating officer of Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota (Florida). Previously Powell-Stafford was an assistant administrator at Community Hospital of New Port Richey, Florida, and director of seven clinical practices for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. She is the immediate past president of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a recipient of the 2006 ACHE Regent’s Award.

  • Donald Smith, MD, MPH ’85, has been elected president of the Northeast Lipid Association, a multidisciplinary medical society and chapter of the National Lipid Association. Smith is the director of lipids and metabolism, and an associate professor of medicine and community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City.


  • The Student Assembly of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has given its 2009 Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award to Kevin Frick, PhD ’96, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Frick has also been named the Penn State Schreyer Honors College Outstanding Alumnus 2009, in recognition of his professional success, service, and engagement in lifelong learning.
  • Phoenix-based Jeremy Gorenstein, MHSA ’98, is Arizona’s program director for Health Management Systems, which provides cost recovery and program integrity to government health care programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • As a recipient of a 2009–2010 Congressional Fellowship from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Orville (Stic) Harris, MPH ’98, serves as a scientific advisor to a member of the U.S. Congress. Harris holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia, where he founded a public health veterinarian club and served as its first president.
  • After a year and a half on temporary assignment with the health team of the Senate Finance Committee, where she worked on Medicare and health care reforms, Elise Stein, MPH ’94, has returned to the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG), where she has worked since 1997. At OIG, Stein leads the development of new work focused on oversight and fraud and abuse prevention for the health care and public health programs of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has named Brenda Stevenson Marshall, PhD ’90, as its founding dean of health sciences. A nationally recognized expert in public health policy, Marshall is a former associate dean in the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.


  • Berhanu Alemayehu, DrPH ’01, has left Novo Nordisk and joined the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where he is director of the Health Economics and Outcomes Research group. He works on two therapeutic areas, oncology and gastroenterology.
  • Registered nurse and professional health services administrator Amy Heydlauff, MHSA ’08, is executive director of the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports programs aimed at improving health and wellness in the area served by Michigan’s Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH). Heydlauff anticipates that once it is fully operational, in late 2009 or early 2010, the foundation will distribute $1 million in annual grants to community nonprofits “that exemplify best practices in the areas of health and wellness.” The foundation was funded as a result of the merger of CCH and St. Joseph Mercy Health System.
  • For the past three years, David Kennedy, MHSA ’06, has managed Kennedy Care, a home health agency in Ann Arbor and Raleigh, North Carolina. He has also launched TheCaringSpace (, an online business that connects families with private-pay caregivers and provides the knowledge and tools families need in order to manage caregivers without the assistance of a home-care agency.